Meet Tyanna Haynes (B.S. ’22): Becoming One

For Black History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on Black alumni business owners. Meet the many grads of VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences that have tapped into their entrepreneurial spirit.
Tyanna Haynes

Meet Tyanna Haynes, owner of Becoming One, a business she started in 2023. Becoming One promotes well-being in birthwork, yoga and other health and wellness goals. Haynes is also a certified doula and breastfeeding specialist. Learn more below.

Can you describe your business and its goal?

Becoming One, LLC. works to promote total well-being, equity, education and empowerment through birthwork, yoga and other health and wellness services. Our goal is to leave our clients feeling supported by increasing their self-awareness and wholeness, and allowing them to grow in their purpose by generating a shift in mindset and lifestyle.

As a birthworker, I provide my clients with emotional, physical, mental, and educational support throughout their pregnancy and postpartum. Black women, statistically, have the highest maternal mortality rate as well as the highest rate of complications while pregnant, making the presence of a doula that much more important. Throughout each step in their journey, I am an advocate and supporter making sure they know they have someone in their corner to help them reach the birth they desire. Despite the unpredictability of childbirth, during the birthing process, the same goal remains: healthy mother, healthy baby.

What inspired you to start your company?

Becoming One first began as a passion project in 2021 to serve as a path for self-care, education, transformation and becoming who you're meant to be. Shortly after graduating from VCU, I decided to turn my passion into my purpose. 

What is something that you wish you would have known before starting your business?

It's okay to not always have it figured out, change your plan, and continuously have to try again.

How did VCU prepare you for this career?

I met many amazing entrepreneurs and mentors through VCU that have been such a great help in my journey. VCU gave me the confidence and tools to step out and start something of my own.

What is the hardest part about being an entrepreneur? Best part?

The hardest is having so many amazing ideas but knowing it takes time to implement them. The best is getting to connect and serve my community in a meaningful way.

Where would you like to see your business in 5/10 years?

I would like to see my business expanding outside of the community of Richmond to other areas, eventually hosting conferences and growing my service offerings.


Learn more about Becoming One via Instagram